"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fourth Tuesday of the Great Fast



APOSTICHA OF TUESDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK
OF THE GREAT FAST
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Matins, Tone  8
Consider, my soul, how the vainglorious Pharisee was condemned because of pride, and how the humble-minded Publican was justified through confessing his transgressions. Make haste to reject the Pharisee’s rash self-assurance, and to follow the Publican by confessing thine offences. Through control of the passions rouse thyself to attain the exaltation which cannot be abased, conferred on thee by Christ in His great mercy.

Vespers, Tone 3
I have surpassed the Publican in my transgressions, yet I do not vie with him in his repentance;  I have not gained the virtue of the Pharisee, yet I imitate his self-conceit. O Christ my God, in Thy supreme humility Thou hast upon the Cross destroyed the devil’s arrogance: make me a stranger to the past sins of the Pharisee; establish in my soul the good that each of them possessed, and save me.

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